Sleep Physiologist Registration

Sleep Physiologist workforce in New Zealand

Sleep Physiologists in New Zealand practice in both major public hospitals, private hospitals and in private practice.

The professional society for sleep physiologists in New Zealand is the Australia and New Zealand Sleep Science Association (ANZSSA) link to ANZSSA website

NZ Professional Development Outline for Sleep Physiologists

Entry to Practice

Undergraduate degree in science or physiology

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Post Graduate development
  1. Completion of Post Graduate Diploma of Medical Technology with specialization in Sleep Medicine (University of Otago Wellington), or equivalent sleep qualification.
  2. Completion of a) New Zealand Sleep Certification examination (NZSCE) from Australia & NZ Sleep Science Association or

b) Completion of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) certification examination through the Board of Registered  Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT), or equivalent competency assessment.

3. Two years full time equivalent working in a training position to include on-the-job training and competency assessment in core sleep diagnostics and therapy procedures including but not limited to polysomnography (attended/unattended), limited/home sleep testing,  therapy titration procedures, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance of wakefulness testing, CPAP initiation and ongoing monitoring,  Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) initiation and ongoing monitoring, arterial blood gas testing, scoring/analysis of diagnostic procedure data, and  interpretation of therapy adherence data procedures.

All three elements are required for registration as a Clinical Physiologist in Sleep without a condition of Supervised practice.

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Further development as a Sleep Physiologist
Master or PhD in sleep physiology (various institutions)
  1. On-the-job training to include advanced procedures where available

Competency standards for Sleep Physiologists

The competency standards for sleep physiologists are set by Australia and New Zealand Sleep Science Association (ANZSSA). They were last updated in 2014.

To download o copy of the standards click on the link:

Competency standards Sleep Physiologist - 2014

Overseas trained Sleep Physiologists

Registration for Sleep physiologists trained overseas is on a case by case basis. The general requirements for overseas trained Sleep Physiologists looking to register in New Zealand are:

1) membership of ANZSSA

2) Degree level Sleep specific qualification

3) Registration in the country you are practicing.


If no degree level qualification:

4) 5 years clinical experience in Sleep physiologist equivalent role


Applicants are likely to be registered with conditions of supervised practice, until the New Zealand Sleep Certification Examination (NZSCE via ANZSSA) has been sat and passed.